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Job Opening – Thrift Store Associate

General Description

The Whosoever Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry that serves men experiencing homelessness through its 55-bed residential New Life Program in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.  The Mission operates two thrift shops (its flagship Germantown Thrift Store and our Lighthouse Thrift Shop in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia) to generate income for the New Life Program and to provide hands-on job readiness training and work experience for New Life Program participants.

The Thrift Shop Associate job opportunity is a part-time or full-time (40 hours per week), summer seasonal or permanent hourly ministry position in which the team member will work under the supervision of a store manager to carry out the following responsibilities at both our Germantown and Lawndale Thrift Store locations:

  • Greet customers and donors with a warm and welcoming attitude.
  • Operate a cash register while adhering to standard anti-theft policies and procedures as trained.
  • Receive and process donations of clothing, housewares and other miscellaneous merchandise, issue donation receipts, and thank donors for their support.
  • Stock, clean, and organize the sales floor as assigned by the manager.
  • Train and supervise men enrolled in the New Life Program who are assigned a workforce development training responsibility in the store.  At times you will be responsible to train and coach New Life Program participants on how to receive and process donations, how to restock the store, and how to assist our store customers.  You will also coach our program participants in basic job readiness skills like punctuality, collaborative teamwork, following instructions, etc.

Work ScheduleBoth part-time and full-time positions are available


Each thrift shop associate works 5 days per week and is off every Sunday. Their other day off will generally be the same day each week, Monday to Friday (except for one week per month, when the associate works 5 days from Monday to Friday and is off on Saturday). This way, each thrift shop associate has one Saturday off every month.

Hours: 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM with a 30 minute paid lunch (each day begins at 8:45 AM with a paid time of staff devotions together with all employees)

Part-time – one to three days per week

Thrift Shop Associate Requirements

  • Professional appearance and behavior
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and focus on customer satisfaction in a fast-paced environment
  • A desire and commitment to help New Life Program participants enjoy a good life and become all that God wants them to be 
  • The ability to read, write, and perform basic math
  • The ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • A teachable, pleasant and flexible spirit

Additional Requirements for Working at the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Because the Whosoever Gospel Mission is a Christian organization, we require that each staff member enjoys a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and endeavors to live a committed Christian life.  In addition, we expect our staff members to regularly attend church.  Each staff member needs to be a good and godly example to our New Life Program participants and to our extended Mission family of supporters. 

Salary: $15.00/hour

Benefits (if permanent full-time employee)

  • Health insurance after 60 days – the Mission pays the full premium
  • 2 weeks paid vacation time per year (1st week available after 6 months, then accrues biweekly)
  • 40 hours paid sick time per year
  • Pension plan – SIMPLE IRA (company matched up to 3% of your salary)
  • 9 paid holidays per year
  • Your birthday off as a personal holiday (you can take it on a day other than your birthday)
  • Christmas bonus (if we have the resources)
  • 20% Thrift Shop Discount (10% on specialty items)
  • Annual staff appreciation dinner
  • Free meals at the Mission, free surplus bread and other food that the Mission cannot use
  • Access to our computer lab
  • An enjoyable work environment

Work Locations (as assigned on a weekly basis)

Germantown Thrift Store
101 E. Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Lighthouse Thrift Shop
6515 Rising Sun Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111

How to Apply

Please email your resume or a letter telling us about yourself and your work history, introducing yourself to the Whosoever Gospel Mission’s Executive Director Dr. Heather Rice at (please also copy Dr. Bob Emberger at on your email). Thanks!

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Job Opening: Hospitality/Food Service Assistant

Position Open: Immediately as of 9/8/23

Organizational Background: The Whosoever Gospel Mission has provided Christ-centered rehabilitation and job readiness services to men experiencing homelessness since 1892. For 131 years, the Mission has introduced broken and hurting men to the loving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, discipled them toward maturity in Christ, provided for their basic needs, and equipped them with the skills and resources they need to achieve a fulfilling life, restored relationships with their family, a lifestyle of recovery from addiction, improved physical and mental health, a good job, a place of their own they can call home, and long-term success as productive, contributing members of our community. We do “Gospel Show and Tell” – we tell men about the love of Jesus and we show men the love of Jesus through our mercy ministry. All of our services are provided for free. The Mission is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Citygate Network, an association of 300 rescue missions in the United States and Canada.

Position Title: Hospitality and Food Service Assistant

Reports To: Food Service Manager

Hours of Work: Full time, 40 hours/week, alternating between WEEK 1 and WEEK 2 as listed below (includes 30-minute paid lunch breaks)

WEEK 1Time inTime outTotal Hours
Tuesday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Wednesday9:15 AM5:45 PM8:30:00
Thursday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Friday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Sunday3:00 PM6:45 PM3:45:00
Total for week:40:00:00
WEEK 2Time inTime outTotal Hours
Tuesday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Wednesday9:15 AM5:45 PM8:30:00
Friday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Saturday8:45 AM6:00 PM9:15:00
Sunday3:00 PM6:45 PM3:45:00
Total for week:40:00:00
Total hours every 2 weeks:80:00:00

General description: We are looking for someone to assist the Food Service Manager in overseeing our food service operations for our 55 residents, to help create a clean, safe, and welcoming environment for our residents both in food service and in our dorms, and to ensure that our guests, donors and volunteers feel welcome and have what they need to serve our men well.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Food Service Manager in supervising the kitchen crew.
  • Assist Food Service Manager in ensuring that the Mission’s food service operations run smoothly.
  • Ensure anyone working in the kitchen follows proper food safety protocols at all times.
  • Prepare and cook meals as needed.
  • Personally receive food donations from donors – thanking them and getting a name and address of the donor to turn in to the front office. 
  • Help process food donations determining if they will be used in-house by the Mission, sent to the Germantown store to be given away for free, or disposed of as trash.
  • Dispose of food items that are out of date or have gone bad.  As much as possible grind up soft perishable items in the garbage disposal and throw away canned goods and harder items in the regular trash.
  • Help maintain the Mission’s food pantries (main pantry in dining room, kitchen pantry and other food storage areas) – checking expiration dates, organizing food items, keeping it clean, addressing any rodent problems, & placing new non-perishable food items on pantry shelves.
  • Assist Food Service Manager in maintaining necessary food and food service supplies inventory.
  • Welcome and supervise visiting churches in their meal preparation for our residents.
  •  Pull needed food and non-food items from stock. 
  • Prepare cubicles and rooms for new guests (cleaning, sanitizing, outfitting, taking inventory of required furniture – assessing condition and need for replacement, ensuring mattress covers in good condition, etc.).
  • Conducting cleaning inspections of the kitchen and the general dormitory facilities.

Necessary Skills:

  • Pays close attention to detail
  • Well organized
  • Has a friendly, outgoing and pleasant demeanor
  • Ability to supervise teams
  • Ability to work independently

Other Requirements:

  • A ServeSafe Certificate is required. The Mission will pay the fees to obtain this certificate. The certificate will need to be obtained within three months of hire.
  • Has a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and is an active member of a Bible-believing local church. Has a heart of compassion for the poor, the homeless and those struggling with addictions. Has as a willing spirit, is flexible, and desires to do ministry. Character and professional references required.

Other Details:

  • This is an hourly position for 40 hours per week with possible overtime at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. This person will be off every Monday and alternates being off Thursday  and Saturday every other week for a second day off. It includes working Sunday afternoons from 3pm – 6:45 pm.
  • This person will be off Thanksgiving Day
  • This person will be required to work overtime on Christmas Day from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at double-time pay.
  • When the Food Service Manager is off on a Saturday that he is schedule to work, we will ask this person, if at all possible, to work from 9:15 AM – 5:15 PM (8 hours) at 1.5 times their hourly wage.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary to be discussed with fully paid health insurance, paid holidays, paid sick leave and paid vacation, thrift store discounts, company-matched pension plan, warm and enjoyable Christian work environment

If interested, please email resume and cover letter to Executive Director Heather Rice at and copy Director of Advancement Bob Emberger at

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From the Director ~ July/August 2023

Dear friends,

Blessings to you! I hope you are finding some rest and renewal in the somewhat slower rhythms of summer. Here at the Mission, all of our classes and activities continue full-speed ahead. Just last week one of our residents, Kevin, took and passed two of the five HiSET exams needed to get his high school equivalency diploma. Others are working earnestly towards theirs. Eleven of our residents are currently employed and working on budgets to save up and move into their own place, while another eight men are currently seeking employment.

In the midst of all of the normal hustle and bustle of Mission life, we had the joy of pressing the pause button and setting apart Monday, June 19th this year for our first all-Mission Juneteenth celebration. We closed the thrift store and cancelled all classes and regular work, and we met together for a special program followed by a catered BBQ lunch from Sweet Lucy’s and a time of recreation and relaxation. Check out the next page for photos of the festivities.

For the program, Composer-Vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, along with Aaron Graves on piano and Lee W. Smith on double bass, shared a concert with historical and theological commentary about Juneteenth – the day in 1865 on which Union troops freed enslaved African Americans in Texas two months after the end of the Civil War (and 2½ years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation). Juneteenth has been celebrated as a holiday in Texas since the 1860s, and was made an official holiday of the State of Texas in 1980. But the story of Juneteenth has only recently made its way to some of us. As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s now a national holiday.

During this special concert, we were led on a journey through holy lament and defiant joy, considering what it means to reach for beauty in the midst of suffering. We looked at the real hope and joy that we find in Jesus, our Savior who knows what it is to suffer, because He suffered too. But suffering doesn’t get the final word. That’s why we celebrate! The concert ended with Ruth Naomi Floyd inviting us all to sing “O Happy Day” with her. The music was phenomenal – all three musicians are recording artists in their own right. As one gentleman shared afterwards, “you folks could have gone ANYWHERE today, but you’re here with us. Thank you.” Another resident who’s going through some heavy suffering of his own told me the next morning, “Yesterday, that was amazing. And last night, there was a peace that settled around here. You could feel it.”

I want to take this moment to pause and thank you for your part in making all of these things possible. Thank you for investing in the lives of our men, offering a hand-up to brothers in need, encouraging them to reach for beauty in the midst of hard things.

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ June 2023

Dear friends,

I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine and warmth of these delightful days. It certainly makes my heart (and the flowers on my patio) happy. Today was especially warm and sunny, which made tonight’s dessert an extra welcome treat – brownie sundaes, compliments of the church that joined us for dinner and chapel this evening. Speaking of desserts – we like them, a lot! If you ever want to bake some brownies, cookies, cupcakes, lemon squares, or the like, and drop them off at the Mission, you’d make our men very happy indeed! We’d also love your excess garden produce – we serve a fresh salad at every lunch and dinner.

Our meal times are so important. They’re about more than just food. A great meal is a welcome treat in the midst of really hard work. The hard work our guys are laboring through isn’t just physical. It’s also social, spiritual, mental, and emotional. It’s learning and relearning how to process the past and deep hurts they have suffered. It’s retraining our bodies to get up in the morning and follow a schedule, to eat well, and to get sleep. It’s practicing forgiveness and extending grace to others in relationship, even as we learn to receive forgiveness and grace ourselves. It’s starting new habits and exercising self-discipline. It’s building relationships with people and no longer trying to do life alone. It’s learning to live together in community.

This togetherness is essential to the success of every man that comes to the Mission for help. Often, when a man first arrives at the Mission, he’s thinking only of his most immediate needs – food, shelter, clothing, addiction recovery, or maybe employment. But as he comes and settles in his dorm room and starts to engage in the New Life Program, the Mission family begins to envelop him in community life. We develop real relationships with one another. We eat and laugh together. We pray and worship together. We cry and seek the Lord together.

It’s not a one-way street. As we do these things, we encourage and build one another up. Together, the men, staff and volunteers build up and encourage each other. For an example of what this looks like, check out this story about one of our current residents, Dave, and his counselor, Steve. This is what community looks like. We need each other. Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your continued support through these summer months (especially with the high cost of cooling our buildings!). Because of you, we are stronger.

The Lord bless you and yours with rich and life-giving community.

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ April 2023

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for you and for all of the ways you come alongside us to help and bless and lift up the men who come to the Mission looking to rebuild their lives. Your prayers and financial support, the special meals your provide, the items you send in from our needs list, the hours you volunteer, the information you share about available resources and job openings, and so many other things – the Lord uses all of it to restore men to homes and families and jobs and life. We couldn’t do it alone. Thank you!

Please pray for a specific need we have for a few tech-savvy volunteer tutors who can come in for a couple hours during the day each week and sit with a gentleman in our computer lab to help him fill out online job applications. If you’re interested in exploring this volunteer opportunity yourself, please give me a call at (215) 438-3094 x 103. Thanks!

Computers are a gateway to so many things these days. But for people experiencing homelessness, many times, that gateway is locked. Reliable internet access from an actual PC (rather than just a smart phone), along a with a good printer (not to mention a supply of toner and paper), is critical for successfully connecting with many resources, supports and services. But access isn’t enough. You have to know your way around. If you weren’t born into the generation that lives and breathes technology, using a PC for the first time can be difficult. It’s like trying to find your way in a foreign land where you don’t know the language. Still, using a computer is necessary for everything from creating a resume and applying for a job, to doing online banking, balancing a personal budget with a spreadsheet, downloading pay stubs, and so much more.

That’s why we not only keep our computer lab well-stocked and up-to-date with the latest equipment and software, but we also teach every man who enters the New Life Program how to use a computer. We have a 4-week Introduction to Computers class as well as more advanced classes, incentives to spend time in online typing tutorials, and individualized coaching. When Moses first came into the New Life Program, he was terrified of computers. He laughs when he recalls how afraid he was to even touch one! Now, Moses is on staff with us, and he encourages new men not to be afraid. He assures them that if he can learn, then they can, too!

Thank you again for partnering with us to share God’s love in words and in actions. We thank God for you! The Lord richly bless you and yours with His mercy, love and grace!

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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Celebrate with us!

Celebrating the retirement of Rev. Dr. Robert A. Emberger

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Service begins at 2:00 pm
Heavy hors d’oeuvres to follow at 3:45 pm

Calvary Presbyterian Church
405 Easton Rd., Willow Grove PA 19090
(On Rt. 611 heading north, on the right just above where
Routes 263 & 611 separate; or on the left heading south on Rt. 611 from the PA Turnpike Willow Grove interchange)

Cost: FREE
There is no charge, but reservations are required because of space limitations

Calvary Presbyterian Church has a wonderful,
large onsite parking lot.

RSVP by April 7, 2023:
To reserve, please call Tina at (215) 438-3094 x 104 with your name, phone number, name of the group you’re calling for (if applicable), and number in your party.

We thank the Lord for Bob and his faithful service over these past 34 years! During his tenure as Executive Director from February 1989 until February 2022, Bob developed and continually refined the New Life Program that today equips men with the skills and resources they need to overcome addictions, homelessness and countless other barriers to joyful, independent living.

In March of 2022, Bob stepped down from the directorship for health reasons but has continued to serve in vital support roles, advancing the work of the Mission and helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Bob’s love, passion, and work have impacted our community for over 34 years. Under his leadership, the Mission’s resources, program services and the impact they have on individual men and their families have grown exponentially. This is reason to celebrate!

Join us for a service of singing, testimonies, and a message from the Word by the Rev. Dr. Bruce Alick, followed by a time of fellowship with heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts. We hope to see you there!

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From the Director ~ March 2023

Dear friends,

Right about now, if you’re anything like me, you might be really ready for spring. Winter had its place, but I am eager to be warm, to have more hours of glorious sunshine, and to see the barren landscape around us come alive with color (my allergies may not agree with me on that last one!). I know I’m not alone. Winter can definitely be a hard, cold, and barren time.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a season of life that kind of feels like winter. That’s certainly true for many of the men who come to the Mission. We work hard to offer hopeful signs of a coming spring, a new season of life. As I write this, we’re preparing to hand out special winter blessing bags to the men tonight. They were made with love by friends of the Mission. I’ll also be hanging up some posters that local school children made and dropped off today to brighten our walls. Countless little blessings like these serve as markers of hope – hints that a new season is coming.

Seeing other men succeed and graduate and move into their own place is also a sign of hope for men currently in the Program. Just last week, Rob rented a U-Haul, loaded up his belongings (including his New Home Welcome Kit full of supplies for setting up his new place) and moved out. He’s coming back tonight to celebrate what God has done in his life at his graduation ceremony. He texted me this morning just to assure me he would be here and was excited for tonight! Rob is enjoying this new season of life.

Rob and his U-Haul on the night he moved out

Some season changes are harder than others, especially when the passing season has been so rich and delightful. That’s what we’re experiencing now as our own beloved director and leader of three wonderful decades, Bob Emberger, is stepping more and more out of daily Mission life and into retirement, with his declining health being the driving factor. Do keep him in prayer! On a joyful note, please see this invitation and make plans to celebrate the fruit of faithful ministry with us at his official retirement celebration on April 22nd. We weren’t able to gather sooner because of COVID. We’re glad we can finally gather to celebrate him! I hope you can join us! Details and information on how to reserve a place are here (tickets are free, but reservations are required due to space limitations).

As always, thank you for your part in sharing God’s love with all who come through our doors! God’s richest blessings to you and yours!

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ Jan/Feb 2023

Dear friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a joyous holiday. WE certainly did, in large part because many of YOU made it so! It would be impossible to personally thank everyone who generously gave to make our celebrations what they were. The holidays can be quite difficult and lonely. Some of our guys really struggled. But the homemade cookies and treats, the special decorations, the gifts for our men and their children, the amazing feasts and chapel services – all of this is a tangible expression of the love of Jesus whose birth we celebrated.

As one gentleman shared, it made him “feel like a person” for the first time in a while. Another man said with tears as he gathered toys for his kids, “I never had a Christmas before. I was never in a place to celebrate it. But this is really beautiful. I can’t thank you all enough.” Thank you for blessing our men with these gifts – not just candy, homemade cookies, toys, umbrellas, travel mugs, wallets, towels, and the like. You gave the most basic and precious gifts of being seen and recognized and loved. You gave men the gift of being able to connect with and bless their kids. That meant the world to many men this Christmas. Thank you.

Then we rang in the New Year with pizza and chicken fingers and a party to celebrate God’s provision in the past year and His promises for the one ahead. Thank you for your part in it all! The Lord wove together everyone’s efforts to truly make the Mission a home for the holidays. These photos of our Christmas party and toy giveaway will give you a glimpse of the fun we had and the joy it brought. The men collectively share their thanks and blessings with you!

As we head into 2023, please pray with me for the Lord’s continued wisdom, guidance, and provision. We’re always looking for ways to do what we do better, to stretch dollars further, and to love more extravagantly. This past Fall our staff attended training to help us better understand trauma and how people heal. We’re excited to do more things like that this year. Please also pray for our men. Pray for good jobs, freedom from addictions, restored family relationships, and for health and healing. Pray for each resident who comes to the Mission over the next year to feel God’s love in a tangible way and to know His peace.

Also, as you make plans for the Spring, please save Saturday, April 22nd at 2 pm to join us at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove to celebrate Rev. Dr. Bob Emberger’s retirement from full-time ministry after 33 years as Executive Director. The Lord has used Bob to not only develop and grow the New Life Program itself, but also to develop our wonderful staff and the financial means to carry it all out. There’s no cost for the event, but we will need to have a count because of limited seating capacity at the church. More details and a formal invitation will follow in early March. I hope you can come!

As always, we are grateful for and humbled by your partnership with us in the Gospel. Thank you for helping us share good news and a way forward with all who come through our doors. Please keep us in mind as the winter heating bills rise! The Lord bless you and keep you in His grace!

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ Christmas 2022

Dear Friends,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. We’ve been enjoying some festive decorations, all kinds of holiday treats, and special chapel services filled with Christmas music and carol singing. Soon we’ll have our toy giveaway where men will select and wrap over a thousand gifts for their kids and grandkids. After that it won’t be long before we share all sorts of presents with our residents at a special Christmas chapel. All the while, I have Anne Murray on standby to belt out “Joy to the World” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” whenever it’s my turn to ask Alexa to play something (if you haven’t heard her version of them, you should give a listen!).

All these festivities don’t make the hard things go away, of course. But they remind us in the midst of the darkness just how stunning the Light of the World is. Jesus, our Emmanuel, comes near! His light dispels darkness. And in that light, we see hope and a way forward. That’s what I love about life at the Mission. It doesn’t matter how dark it seems. The darkness can’t swallow up the light. The news the angels brought to the shepherds a couple thousand years ago is the same good news we rejoice in today – news of great joy for all people. It’s news of a Savior, Christ the Lord, who comes to make peace.

Your support helps us shine the light of Jesus in ways that illuminate the path forward for men who come to the Mission looking for help and yearning for peace. Thank you for partnering with us. As we approach the end of 2022, consider perhaps making a special one-time gift to the Mission. Below are some options – each one a practical way to help dispel darkness and shine light on the path forward for a man at the Mission in a life-changing and even life-saving way. This change goes on to affect not just that one man’s life, but the lives and futures of so many others including his family and children. Perhaps one of these options might resonate with you in this season. Here are several great ways you can help:

  1. Consider a generous year-end gift of cash as an investment in transformational life-change.
  2. Instead of giving gifts to each other at the holidays, some families bless our men by pooling their money and giving a special Christmas gift to the Mission from their whole family (individual receipts for each donor can still be given).
  3. If God has especially blessed you this past year, please consider sending a larger-than-usual gift to the Mission. Large gifts take big bites out of our budgeted expenses. They also strengthen and expand our compassionate services to our men.
  4. Give a gift of appreciated stock – this is a great help to us and may provide you with excellent tax benefits, especially if you transfer the stock directly to the Mission without selling it first. Please consult with your financial advisor to confirm these tax benefits. To arrange for an easy electronic transfer of stock, please call me at (215) 438-3094 x 103.
  5. If you have a donor-advised fund, you can recommend that a grant be made to the Whosoever Gospel Mission. Your grant will bless our men in many ways.
  6. You can make up to a $100,000 Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to the Mission instead of taking your required minimum distribution (RMD). Your distribution must be sent by your IRA custodian directly to the Mission. The effect in most situations is both an income tax savings and an increased gift. Please consult with your financial advisor.
  7. Save postage and time – you can go to to make a secure online gift. You can also set up a monthly recurring donation for 2023.
  8. When you shop online at, make your online purchases through AmazonSmile which is run by as a unique way to support charities. You will get the same service, same merchandise, and the same prices. Register with AmazonSmile and designate the Whosoever Gospel Mission to receive a percentage of all the eligible purchases you make on AmazonSmile. You can search for the Mission on AmazonSmile, or you can type in the following address: You won’t pay any more for your purchases, but you will be helping the Whosoever Gospel Mission.
  9. Make a gift to the Mission through PayPal Giving Fund. Search “Donate with PayPal Giving Fund” or go to PayPal Giving Fund’s website: and search “Whosoever Gospel Mission.” We get the full value of your donation – PayPal doesn’t charge us any fees.

Thank you for being part of the light that shines with us into the darkness, illuminating the way forward in the path of peace. May the grace and peace of Jesus fill your heart and home this Christmas and always. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ Thanksgiving 2022

Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! Here at the Mission, we have so much to thank God for – prayers answered, needs met, relationships restored, staff that were supplied at just the right time…I could go on. We’ve seen God provide what we needed before we even knew there was a need! Each instance is a reminder that God is so very good. Things like the chess tournament Shorty just organized (which Kisho and Andrew won), or the 10-year-old granddaughter’s birthday party that Cory just attended – these are reminders of God’s goodness. It’s easy to think of these things and give thanks. And so we should!

And then there are other things we thank God for – things for which giving thanks feels more like a sacrifice. Things we know are good, even though they’re hard – like when God starts tearing down long-standing strongholds in a person’s life one stone at a time. That can be hard and painful work. Often it involves losing some things that are precious to us. But the light of the Gospel – the good news that Jesus brings life, reconciliation, healing, forgiveness, recovery, and peace – begins to shine through the newly-formed cracks in those stronghold walls. And when it does, we begin to realize even more profoundly just how good God is.

We’re also thankful for the way the Lord makes us a family here at the Mission. Holidays can be hard and lonely for folks struggling with addictions, homelessness, and the like. The strain of broken family relationships weighs especially heavy at times like these. We try our best to make the Mission as warm and inviting as possible. We pull out all the stops for Thanksgiving. It’s a joy to pause the normal activities of life for a day and just gather to worship the Lord, feast on good food, and fellowship around the tables with our brothers and sisters. It’s a reminder that none of us is alone, and that God is so good to us.

Please give thanks with us for the good work God continues to do in this place. And if the Lord should lay it upon your heart, please consider partnering with us in the work that lies ahead! Thank you for your prayers, your donations of needed items, and your financial support! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours this Thanksgiving in His mercy, love and grace!

Grace and peace,

Heather L. Rice, D.Min.
Executive Director

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